Equipment

Information on specific vehicle equipment.

Improperly Modified and Defective Vehicles

ClunkerProblems with vehicles can range from overdue maintenance to modifications that may be described as fashion over function. Responsibility for their correction rests principally with the owner and driver. When that fails, it now falls to the police and designated inspection facilities to either nudge or force correction. Depending on the severity of the defects, remedies can range from a simple reminder to a tow truck and seizure of the vehicle license and number plates.

VIDEO - How to Install Tire Chains

Snow Zone Winter Tire SignHere are two videos from Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement showing how to install tire chains on both light vehicles and heavy commercial vehicles. It is a good idea to try installing your tire chains when the weather is not miserable to gain experience and shorten the installation time when you really need them.

Is Your Vehicle Mechanically Fit?

Scrap CarBeing able to go to our vehicle, put our key in the ignition and drive off to whatever destination suits us is a luxury that we seldom consider. I would dare say that for many of us the only time that we really consider our vehicle is when it fails us. Just for fun, let’s put ourselves in the shoes of a professional driver and apply the mandatory daily pre-trip inspection to our personal vehicle.

Bright Ideas for Fall Driving

headlightsIt was easy to tell that the first day of fall came yesterday. All I had to do was check my e-mail inbox and count the bright ideas to remind everyone to remember to turn on their lights when driving in the darkness and poor weather conditions. It’s an important thought because your vehicle’s lights not only help you see, they help other road users to see you.

Mandatory Brake Checks on B.C.'s Highways

Check Brakes SignPerhaps you saw news coverage of the out of control commercial truck collision on the Coquihalla Highway last Friday. Witness accounts from the scene speculated that the combination appeared to have lost it’s brakes and may not have stopped at the mandatory brake inspection pullout nearby. No doubt this will be either confirmed or disproved when the investigation of the incident is complete.

LAW - Sylvania Silver Star Headlight Class Action

It appears that sometimes you don't get what you pay for. A class action lawsuit in the US against Osram Sylvania over the advertised claims for their Silver Star headlight bulbs was successful. The suit alleged that Sylvania represented that the headlights are brighter, provide a wider beam and allow drivers to see farther down the road than standard halogen headlights.

CASE LAW - R v Nguyen

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis is a case where a series of bad decisions and defective equipment led to the death of a pedestrian walking on a path beside the highway at Ucluelet. Van Nho Nguyen had performed maintenance on the rear brakes of his truck that resulted in those brakes not functioning correctly. He attached an overloaded boat trailer that had the surge brake removed to the truck and drove from Toquart Bay to Ucluelet. On the way, Mr. Nguyen lost control of the combination. The trailer struck Ms. Lorraine Ennis, who was walking on a pedestrian path beside the highway, dragged her approximately 15 metres, and killed her.

RESEARCH - IIHS Rates Vehicle Headlights

IIHS LogoFor the first time, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has tested and rated vehicle headlights. Of the 31 mid-sized vehicles examined, only one, the Toyota Prius, received a "good" rating. All the others rated acceptable, marginal or poor in roughly the same proportion.

CASE LAW - Little v Einarsen

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis is definitely an odd case! It shows the value of doing regular vehicle maintenance and keeping the receipts to account for it.

Jason Little was walking across the parking lot of a pub in Nanaimo when he was hit from behind by an unoccupied vehicle owned by Lisa Einarsen. Ms. Einarsen had parked the car at the top of the parking lot, set the parking brake, thinks she left it locked and in first gear and went into the pub. Mr. Little sustained significant injury and at the time of the trial some 6 years later could not return to his work because of those injuries.

Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems and Winter Tires

Black ice is a hazard here on Vancouver Island and the best defence is a good set of winter tires. They are designed to help hold the road better than M+S rated all season tires and it's now time to find a set for my wife's Honda CR-V. I'm fortunate to be able to afford what I want, so it was off to Honda for a set of steel wheels, Consumer Reports for the best tire choices and then the retailers for the best price. I thought that I had it all wrapped up until I remembered the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

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